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Cable Broadband
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Offers from over 15 providers

Offers from over 15 providers

Cable Broadband Deals

Community Fibre Broadband

Gigafast 920

12 month contract Fibre

920Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£50.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Community Fibre Broadband

GigaFast 920

24 month contract Fibre
£50 Amazon Voucher

920Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£39.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

BT Broadband

Fibre 900

24 month contract Fibre + Phone

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£59.99 / month

£9.99 upfront fees

Vodafone Broadband

Gigafast Broadband 900

24 month contract Fibre + Phone
£80 gift card

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£48.00 / month

£0 upfront fees

Hyperoptic Broadband

1Gb Fibre Connection - Broadband & Phone

12 month contract Fibre + Phone

900Mb / second

Average speed

Unlimited

Usage

£47.00 / month

£29 upfront fees

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What is cable broadband?

Cable broadband is a high-speed alternative to fibre optic, and while they are similar in some ways there are a few key differences. The main provider of cable broadband in the UK is Virgin Media, although a few smaller providers offer it too including Hyperoptic and Gigaclear. If you use these broadband providers the majority of your connection is still going to be fibre optic. The main difference is the last mile of your connection, from the roadside cabinet to your home, is going to be made up coaxial cable opposed to the traditional ADSL copper phone lines. The coaxial cable can carry data quicker than its copper counterpart as it encounters less loss over distances.

So what’s faster, cable or fibre?

Generally, both fibre and cable will be able to provide ample speed internet for your normal household. Cable will typically just edge out standard fibre due to the lack of lost speed over the final stretch of wire. Different situations will mean you can get different speeds with the two options though, so it’s always worth checking things like what building you live in or how far away you live from your closest exchange to get an accurate measurement.

Why choose cable broadband?

When comparing broadband deals, it’s important to weigh up the pros and cons of getting cable broadband over other types of broadband packages:
 
Pros
 
  • Higher download speeds will suit large households, streamers, gamers, and heavy users.
  • Higher upload speeds suitable for live streamers and conference calling.
  • More reliable connection as copper phone lines are bypassed.
 
Cons
 
  • Usually more expensive than other broadband deals, especially ADSL packages.
  • Not yet widely available across the whole country.
  • Installation of cables could cost you time and money.

How to switch to cable broadband

Firstly, enter your postcode into our comparison tool to see which companies operate in your area. You will then want to identify which ones will offer the service that you are looking for. To make this easy, there will be lists comparing price as well as the maximum available speed that you can get out of a package. Most companies will also offer bundle packages, which may include broadband, phone, and TV, as well so make sure you have a browse to see which one suits your needs.

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Last reviewed: 26 February 2021

Next review: 26 March 2021